How To Style A Bookcase| secondblonde


When styling a bookcase without books it’s ok to display a few of your books, the key is to choose books in the correct colour scheme!

Here’s my tips on how to create your own personalised styled bookshelves:

  1. Empty the shelves of everything! You must start with a clean slate to enable you to see things in a different way to how they have previously been.
  2. Hunt out all your old trinkets and pretty things around your house, stashed in cupboards etc, your’ll be amazed at what you find. You may wish to display mementos or meaningful photo’s in small frames or colourful vases or flowers…basically anything you like to look at.
  3. Sort by colour group books together with same/similar coloured spines.
  4. Create small batches of books which then can be displaying standing up vertical or laying down flat horizontal, the pile of books can be in two’s (like mine) but should be no more than eight. My shelf height is quite small but if you have enough height a small plant or trinket looks great displayed on top of the horizontal pile of books.
  5. Change it up if you have one pile of books standing up then add another pile of books near it laying flat and alternate the way the books are stacked.
  6. Once all the books are shelved – bring out the pretty things slowly start to layer up with your chosen trinkets/candles/ornaments etc placing on shelf space or/and on piles of books. The trick here is that you are creating layers of interest rather than looking at a line of books that are all the same depth.
  7. Stand back to take a look keep tweaking it until it feels right but know when to stop. I like to take a quick photo on my phone, it helps me view it in a different way to see what needs changing.
  8. And you are done! There’s no wrong or right way, it’s all about what is visually pleasing to you, so what are you waiting for, can’t wait to see what yours looks like.

I had a big de-clutter session last week so mine is currently styled with a minimal vibe with very few books/trinkets. This photo shows one half of our wall mounted bookcase from Ikea which sits high above the tv in our living room. These aren’t all my books but just a couple I choose because of colour. The shelf isn’t tall enough for me to have mine vertical. I had a few mini glass bottles hanging around and a little green vase that compliments my little plant. I love candles so hence the two beautiful glass candle jars. My mum has recently starting crafting and has been making tiny ornate chairs out of champagne bottle tops so this was the perfect place to display them.

I will change it up again soon as we get into summer, probably with a bit more on it and perhaps a floral theme.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, it is a little different to my usual beauty reviews.

Secondblonde x



Sexy Mother Pucker™ Lip Shine Lacquer by Soap and Glory

This lip gloss arrived in my “The Next Big Thing” bumper Soap & Glory box set. If you know me you will know that I don’t do lip gloss, I haven’t worn it for yonks! I’m a matte red retro MAC Ruby Woo kinda gal. So I hesitantly tried this lip gloss and was quite surprised….

2015/01/img_3013.jpgHere’s the science bit….
SPECIAL VEGGIE ESTERS which leave a soft, filmy, glass-like shine over lips for enhanced colour adherence

Ultra-moisturising and repairing COLOURBURST™ CRYSTALS with MICRONISED FRESHWATER PEARL POWDER, aragonite crystals, protein complex amino acids and moisturising polysaccharides

in a 3-dimensional network that firms, sculpts and stimulates collagen synthesis.

On first application I didn’t like it at all as it was far from my dramatic red hue and it felt gloppy, it felt like I wanted to rub it off and I was concerned that it made my teeth look yellow!

I decided to give it a decent trial and tried it out for a week and actually really love it! The colour is quite dense which means even when the high shine has dulled down your lips after a few hours of wear you still have an even coat of colour. The “gloopy” texture I’ve gotten used to and doesn’t bother me, it feels quite moisturising.

I don’t find it to be very plumping which doesn’t bother me, though because of its clever ingredients (listed above) it does give the illusion of fullness and your lips look smooth and moisturised.

The colour “charm offensive” is a pretty rose hue which is quite flattering for most skin tones. It’s a nice alternative to my matte red lip days and quite girly. I’m glad I didn’t throw it aside after one application, I’m definitely a lip gloss convert now, I’m reaching into my make-up bag right as I type to slap on a coat before I set off to work.

Get your Soap and Glory Sexy Mother™ Pucker Lip Shin Lacquer here £7 available in 6 wearable/pretty shades.

Have you tried any of the other shades?

Dressing Table Tidy – Up cycle ideas

If you’re anything like me your dressing table gets rather cluttered from time to time. That’s until you are in the mood to have a little tidy up and put everything back in some kind of order but still look pretty.

I am a contact lens wearer and have little boxes hanging around containing my supply of 2 weekly wear lenses. I wanted to store them in a way I can grab them easily but didn’t have a trinket box large enough so…I’ve used an “Ice Cream Sundae” glass or you may call it a “knickerbocker Glory” glass! I’ve four of em hanging around in my glass cupboard in my kitchen.

IMG_2738.JPGI think it’s solved my contact lens tidy problem and a good example of simple up cycling things around the house you didn’t think you had a use for!

What have you up cycled on your dressing table?
Secondblonde x

Holiday Arm Candy

I’m always partial to a beachwear style bracelet while on holiday in Turkey. The beach side shops are always awash with trinkets swaying in the breeze and leather bracelets available in every colour and style.

This summer I opted for pretty candy shades of baby pink and powder blue twists of so leather as it compliments my turkish eye bracelet.
Of course it cost next to nothing! (Under £1)

20140810-123855-45535785.jpg(14k gold bracelet with Turkish eyes I got from Izmir 2013)
These bracelets look great teamed with a chunky rose gold bracelet watch, oh and perfect with a tan!

What are your favourite summer time accessories?


My AW12 Flowers

Summer is at a near end, time for the summer flowering bedding plants to be replaced with autumn winter offerings. On a small budget i’ve managed to transform my front garden ready for Autumn/winter. Once mature they will give the winter garden a helping of “on trend” muted purples. With a flash of bright yellow for an unexpected contrast!
What do you think so far?